Leonard K. Hiteshew

October 10, 1943April 12, 2017
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Leonard K. Hiteshew, 73, of Merritt Island, FL passed away April 12, 2017 after a year long brave battle with Mesothelioma. He was born in Norfolk, VA, October 10, 1943. He grew up in Oceana and Virginia Beach, VA, graduating from Princess Anne High School and Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Leonard retired as a Major in the U.S. Army. He served in the Vietnam War, 1969-1970, flying AH-1 Cobra Gunships. He proudly served our country and was a life long supporter of the military. He retired as a design software engineer with Lockheed Martin in 2012. Before transferring to Orlando, he was employed by Link Flight Simulation in Kirkwood, NY. His career in designing military flight simulators for the US also took him to Canada, Australia, and Egypt. Leonard was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Merritt Island, FL. Going through the ranks of scouting, Leonard became an Eagle Scout and for the past five years he was honored to serve as a member of the Challenger District Eagle Scout Boards of Review. In doing so he provided service to many young men in Brevard County during their final review for Eagle Scout. Leonard enjoyed traveling, boating, and anything with four wheels. With career demands he especially enjoyed those times he could spend with his family, and being a devoted and active 'Gampy' was the joy of his life. Leonard is survived by his wife, Cheryl, a daughter Ann K. Hiteshew-Waldmann, a son Todd L. Hiteshew (Kerry), and grandchildren Connor, Evan, and Ava Hiteshew, a brother Warren Hiteshew, a twin sister Margaret Adams (Bob) and extended family, and the family rescue cat, "Maddie." We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge, Dr. Palermo and staff of the Cancer Care Center of Brevard, Rockledge, Solaris Rehab Center, Merritt Island and Vitas Hospice Care. A visitation will be held Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 11:00 to 11:30 am at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1900 S. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32952. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 am. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation ( on the Leonard K. Hiteshew Tribute Wall, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars ( or a charity close to your heart.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 20, 2017

Leonard K. Hiteshew

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David Yacaginsky

December 19, 2017

My deepest sympathies to Len's family,
At Link, I was fortunate enough to work/win a large bid with Len. He was unbelievably patient and kind as a mentor; allowing me opportunity to grow and shine whilst also adding in his vast company knowledge. I will always be grateful to him and will pray for his soul.
Most Sincerely,

Ann Sutton

May 17, 2017

Cheryl, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With all of us so far apart and some still working, it is hard tocome up with a date and place for a reunion but we should give it a try. With sympathy to you all. Ann

Brenda Crooker

April 27, 2017

Dear Cheryl,
Praying that all of your precious memories will help to bring comfort, and that the love of family and friends will help see you through this time.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and that I am here for you.
Brenda & David Crooker

Ann Hiteshew

April 25, 2017

Ann Hiteshew

April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

Forever in my heart. Your Cheryl

Harold and Susan Donald

April 25, 2017

Leonard has been a special friend to us for many years. He and Harold had many great times chatting over meals at Denny's. They solved the world's problems, if only the world would listen. Leonard served on many Eagle Scout Boards of Review, helping launch new Eagle Scouts -- especially meaningful since he was an Eagle Scout. Leonard and Cheryl worked tirelessly on both of our sons' Eagle Scout projects. Their love for young people and desire to mentor them was obvious. Leonard was a fine gentleman, a good man.We will miss him.

Todd Hiteshew

April 25, 2017

John Clark

April 23, 2017

Please accept my sincere condolences at Len's passing. I had the privilege of working closely with him during our Link days. He was an excellent pilot and engineer who worked tirelessly to ensure that the military trainees who used our systems received best training available. His military flight experience enabled him to effectively work with the military customer to achieve that end. His subject matter expertize lifted our team.

I will remember Len as one of our best. He was uncompromising in his quest for quality training for the customer and was a true gentleman who was well respected by his peers. It was a pleasure to work with him.

April 22, 2017

A great neighbor and a terrible loss to many.
Denise and Mike Stone